Wednesday, April 29, 2009

MAS offers flight changes at no charge

Malaysia Airlines passengers who have booked to travel to Los Angeles or New York can make changes to their flights at no charge from now until the end of May.

The offer from the airline came in the wake of reported cases of swine flu in several places in the United States including California, New York and Texas, and in Mexico and Canada.

MAS director of operations Datuk Tajuden Abu Bakar said the airline would be assisting the Health Ministry in expediting the screening process of its passengers arriving from the United States, particularly for those with connecting flights.

The screening is being carried out by the ministry as a precaution against the swine flu outbreak and passengers with obvious symptoms will be quarantined.

“We will do our best to minimise this although the exercise is expected to slow down the incoming flow of traffic before the immigration lane. Currently, no travel restrictions have been issued.

“At this stage, MAS has not seen a drop in travel demand and we are still operating normally,” Tajuden said in a statement here yesterday.

The airline, he said, was also in close and constant touch with officials from Malaysia Airports Bhd, the ministry and other airport operators to discuss handling procedures and on how best to manage the issue.

“We will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as necessary,” he added.

Source : STAR
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